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barack obama and former massachusetts governor mitt romney. the stage is ready in denver, colorado. the university of denver. and all of the expectations management to the contrary, the two men you're going to see tonight are very good debaters. they have four ivy leagu degrees between them, after all, and 50 debates between them, though not against each other until tonight. there is a critical third man on that stage tonight in denver. that's the moderator, jim lehrer of pbs. he's done a dozen of these. and the rules, which he will announce at the start, give him broad leeway to guide the conversation and the debate. it is a cold room in denver. the campaigns wanted the temperature low. and it's not likely to stay that way once we get under way. both men have been prepping for days. this happens to be the obamas' 20th wedding anniversary. moments ago we saw a warm embrace between mrs. romney and mrs. obama. they both met each other at the front of the hall. their hiss, this is the first of three meetings debate style between these candidates. even though voting is under way in 34
the election. obama cowl make a gaffe. mitt would win the debates, go could send a flood to destroy all mankind. ( laughter ) so there's hope. >> schieffer: short of building an ark, what is romney's best chance. we'll ask new jersey governor chris christie, and one-time adversary, newt gingrich. so far romney is sticking to a familiar theme, but does he need to do more? >> i will lower the tax rate. he wants to creat to raise them. i'll create jobs and he'll kill them. also marsha blackburn, bob shrum, and larry sabato from the university of virginia center for politics. as we head into first presidential debate, we'll talk about the state of america at home and abroad with the distinguished panel. michelle rhee, former head of the washington, d.c. school system and founder of students first. economist mark zandi of moody analytics. bob woodward, author of "the price of politics" and hendrick smith, author of the new book "who stole the american dream?." it's all ahead on "face the nation." captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news in washington, "face the nation" with bob schieffer. >> schief
>> jeff: tonight three days to go. president obama and mitt romney make final preparations for the first presidential debate. nancy cordes is on the trail if las vegas. >> i was a steelworker for 30 years. >> jeff: sick of political ads? barry petersen in california reports on a referendum trying to limit them. mandarin chinese, the world's most spoken language now required in one american school district. mark strassman goes to class. >> what is the word for hello. >> niho. >> and fighting chance, a decorated combat veteran overcomes his battle scars, fulfilling a dream on the football field. >> i didn't die that day on october 3rd, i was meant to do something more in my life. >> this is the captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> jeff: and good evening, everyone, i'm jeff glor. after months arguing from a distance president obama and mitt romney meet face-to-face on wednesday. their first debate. it's scheduled for denver. 90 minutes focusing on domestic issues. nancy cordes is on the campaign trail tonight in las vegas, nancy, good evening. >> repo
with an economic show down. president obama and mitt romney squared off for the first of three presidential debates last night and what some are calling a polite war of words, the candidates sparred over job creation, taxes and the future of health care. nbc's steve handelsman has more. >> reporter: the pressure was on mitt romney who needed a turn around. president obama came into the debate ahead in every battleground state. with an estimated 60 million americans watching on tv, cable and the web, moderator jim leherer asked can you put more people to work? >> the answer is, yes, we can help. >> reporter: romney would cut taxes and regulations on small business. >> my priority is jobs, and so what i do is i bring down the tax rates. >> governor romney's proposal that he's been promoting for 18 months calls for a $5 trillion tax cut. >> reporter: which the president claimed would help the rich at others' expense. >> the average middle class family with young children would pay $2,000 more. >> everything he said about my tax plan is not accurate. >> it is not possible to come up with enough tax cut
>>> they have taken shots at each other for months. now mitt romney and president obama will finally meet face to face in the first presidential debate. good morning, everybody. >> welcome to new 4/today for this wednesday, october 3rd, 2012. this is a live look at the capitol dome this morning at 5:00 a.m. can you see it, though? do you you see anything out there? the fog is out there. we are talking dense fog. low visibility. >> that fog which settled in overnight made for a long trip home for joe biden. his plane had to be diverted to dulles because of low visibility andrews air force base. this was the second time weather impacted his travel. the plane also had to abort its first attempt at landing in charlotte, north carolina because of a thunderstorm. despite the delays, the vice president has always kept his sense of humor. >> good luck getting home. >> delays in north carolina did cause biden to be an hour late to a campaign rally. he was talking to members of the media. i guess his cars weren't beg enough for all those reporters. >> time for weather and traffic
a turn around. president obama came into debate ahead. with an estimated 60 million americans watching, moderator jim layrer asked can you put more people to work? romney would cut taxes and regulations on small business. >> my priority is jobs. so what i do is i bring down the tax rates. >> governor romney's proposal calls for a $5 trillion tax cut. the average middle class family with children would pay about $2,000 more. it is not possible to come up with enough deductions and loopholes that only affect individuals to avoid either raising the deficit or burdening the middle class. it's math. >> reporter: on medicare and social security,one agreement. >> neither the president nor are are i are proposing any changes. >> aarp has said that your plan would weaken medicare, substantially. >> romney fired back a a major debate moment that the president weakened the economy by his focus on health care. >> i don't know how the president could have come into office facing rising unploimt and spending energy and passion fighting for obama care. >> we did work on this alongside working on jobs
>>> this morning on "early today," mile high showdown as president obama and mitt romney prepare for tonight's crucial debate. our brand new poll numbers show where they stand. >>> midair mess. another incident of loose seats on an american airlines flight, and now the company says it knows why. >>> and shock value. there's a magician, david blaine. he goes high voltage in his blaine. he goes high voltage in his latest stunt. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with a high stakes debate. all eyes turn to denver for tonight's first presidential debate of the 2012 race, and a new nbc news wall street journal poll finds president obama is holding on to his national lead, but not by very much. 49% of likely voters favor the president while 46% prefer mitt romney. that's only a 3% edge for obama which is within the survey's margin of error, but when it comes to a poll of registered voters the president widens his lead over romney to 7 points, 51% to 44. and finally they say the nation is headed in the right direction. 40%. mea
anything in the end. in alexandria, andrea mccarren, 9 news now. >>> on the campaign trail president obama was hanging around the nation's capital. he's got to host some fundraisers. meantime gop opponent mitt romney traveled to pennsylvania to try and sway voters there. romney continued to attack the lack of economic growth under president obama and how it may cause other countries to doubt our country. >> do you understand china's economy is growing at 7 or 8%. russia's economy is growing at 4% and our economy is growing at 1.3%? [ booing ] >> yeah. we're in a very different road than what i think the people of the road expected for the united states of america and if i'm elected president of this country, i will get us back on a road of growth and prosperity and strength. [ cheering and applause ] >> at a fundraiser president obama told his supporters that it will take more than one term for change to happen and he said ronnie's approach for writing off nearly half -- romney's approach for writing off nearly half of the nation will not do that. >>> we'd probably agree there's no good wa
. >> gearing up, president obama and mitt romney prepare for their first debate. a show down in denver this wednesday. >>> and on the record, are arnold schwarzenegger opens up on "60 minutes" about the affair that produce ad son and ended his marriage. >> it was the stupidest thing i've done in the whole relationship. >> this is the "cbs morning news" for monday, october 1, 2012. >>> good morning. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. this morning in afghanistan the taliban is claiming responsibility for a suicide attack that killed at least 14 people, including three nato service members. a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle rammed into a patrol. americans have a large presence there. nato is trying to sort out a weekend attack in afghanistan that left two americans dead. the casualties push the number of u.s. personnel killed in afghanistan to 2,000. the circumstances of saturday's violence remains unclear but a fire fight broke out at a checkpoint in eastern afghanistan. what nato hasn't determined so far was the gun battle a result of an insider attack or a deadly misunderstandi
president obama sharpens his attacks. >>> leap of faith. tense moments as a mother and her five kids are forced to jump from a burning building. >>> and sweet mystery why are bes in france producing green >>> and sweet mystery why are bes in france producing green and blue honey? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry, and today we begin with back to battle. the two presidential candidates are busy attacking each other on the campaign trail following their first debate. today president obama will be campaigning in virginia and ohio and mitt romney is in virginia. governor romney boasted about his debate performance and told supporters he will take back the white house, but for the first time romney backed away from his controversial remarks about the 47% of americans who don't pay federal income taxes. he was asked what he would have said if that came up in the debate. >> clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question and answer sessions, now and then you're going to say something that doesn't come out r
>>> on our broadcast tonight, the showdown, president obama, mitt romney and the debate in denver everyone is talking about. >>> breaking news about american airlines. why dozens of planes in the air tonight are being grounded when they land. >>> out of gas. why some gas stations are shutting down in a placehere prices are already over $5 a gallon. >>> is it a hidden danger in plastics and cans of high importance to mothers and their newborns. >>> and what we look like to them. "nightly news" begins now. to t. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. they now estimate over 67 million of us watched the debate in denver last night and what people saw was a highly energized, motivated and combative mitt romney sharing the stage with a subdued and lackluster president obama. what they saw was mitt romney on his way over the course of 90 minutes to scoring a clear and consensus victory in what will be the first of three meetings between these two men. for romney, today felt like a new chapter. here's a look at the crowd waiting for him in virginia, while the president today said so
, both campaigns are declaring victory in the first presidential debate of this election. president obama and mitt romney squared off for 90 minutes last night in denver. tracy potts is live in denver now with the latest on the debate. >> reporter: good morning, everyone, from denver, where the pressure was on for mitt romney to perform to back up his ideas with details, taking on the man that even some republicans had described as one of the most skilled debaters in modern politics. the point of this debate was to make differences clear, on lowering the desmt. >> you said you'd cut the deficit in half, it's now four years later, we have trillion-dollar deficits. >> the way we do it is for every $2.50 of additional debt, we ask for a dollar, paid for by those doing very well to contribute a little more to reduce the deficit. >> reporter: the president insisted romney would spend five trillion on tax breaks favoring the wealthy. >> math, common sense, and our history shows us that's not a recipe for job growth. >> everything he just said about my tax plan is inaccurate. >> they clashed on
virginia. president obama will be in northern virginia tomorrow. >> the candidates kept things civil during last night's debate in denver. they were still pointed, though, in criticizing each other's policies and plans. the president went after mitt romney on how he plans to pay for his tax cuts. mitt romney used vice president joe biden's own words in describing the middle class's struggles. >> you think by closing looph e loopholes and deductions for the well-to-do, somehow you will not end up picking up the tab, then governor romney's plan may work for you. but i think math, common sense, and our history shows us that's not a recipe for job growth. >> under the president's policies, middle income americans have been buried. they're just being crushed. middle income americans have seen their income come down by $4,300. this is a tax in and of itself. i'll call it the economy tax. it's been crushing. >> earlier in the week, vice president biden had said the middle class has been buried for the past four years. the issue they came closest to agreeing on, social security. the candidates her
his job. >>> president obama and mitt romney will argue domestic issues next week. the obama campaign released a scathing commercial taking a shot at romney's remarks that 47% of americans don't pay income tax. >>. >> 47% of the people, who believe they are victims that have the government has a responsibility to them. believe they are entitled. >> romney put out two new ads. susan mcginnis is in washington with all of this this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: hi. romney is in pennsylvania today, not airing any ads in the state today. this is a state that hasn't supported a republican in nearly 25 years. apparently his visit, according to his aides talking privately is more about fund-raising to try to sort of slow the president's momentum with early voting in many areas under way. early voting began in iowa thursday morning and voters lined up to cast their ballots. president obama's team is feeling confident that most of these early votes will be for the president. >> this many people this early in the morning really shows that there's strong support here in iowa for the
>>> on our broadcast tonight, the showdown in denver. president obama and mitt romney tonight on the same stage for the first time. and our political team is on the ground. >>> smoke alarm. after seeing tonight's report, you may be prompted to check and see which type smoke detector you have because our nbc news investigation has found many may not work fast enough when every cond counts. >>> plus, field of dreams. not a dry eye in the house as a young man with big dreams gets a second chance in the big leagues. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening. before too long now, before the end of the evening, we will know how each man did, we will know if anything happens tonight that will fundamentally change the course of this race. we already know that all this debate expectations management you've been hearing is just that. these two men, president barack obama and governor mitt romney, have four ivy league degrees between them and 50 debates between them, though none together a
of that coming up in a couple of minutes. >>> president obama greeted a high-spirited crowd at george mason university in fairfax county this morning. if wednesday's debate was a shot in the arm for the romney campaign rather. today's jobs report could be the same for the president. for the first time since he took office a, unemployment has fallen below 8%. meanwhile, mitt romney was also campaigning in the common wealth where he down played the drop in the rate. danielle lee is on capitol hill with the latest from the battleground state. >> from president obama, this is proof that his policies are working, but for mitt romney, the unemployment rate now at 7.8% doesn't tell the whole story. at a rally a in virginia, a smiling president obama took full advantage of september's jobs report. >> more americans entered the work force, more people are getting jobs. >> reporter: the unemployment rate fell to 7.8%. marking the first time it's been below 8% during his presidency. >> today's excuse is not an excuse to talk down the economy to score a few political point. >> reporter: political point
. >>> mitt romney and president obama both campaigned in virginia yesterday. >> both men today are getting ready for the first presidential debate. susan mcginnis has more. >> reporter: early voting began in iowa thursday morning and voters lined up to cast their ballots. president obama's team is feeling confident that most of these early votes will be for the president. >> this many people this early in the morning really shows that there's strong support here in iowa for the president. >> reporter: but on thursday both candidates were in another battleground state. >> howis it going, virginia beach? >> reporter: president obama talked to voters in southern virginia. >> growing our economy begins with a strong and thriving middle class. >> reporter: while mitt romney talked with veterans about looming cuts to the military in the northern part of the state. >> 136,000 jobs will be lost in virginia as a result of this move. >> reporter: the candidates will spend time this weekend preparing for next week's debate ahead of the faceoff in denver, both campaigns seemed to be trying to lower ex
. this morning the search continues for two other suspects involved in that holdup. >>> president obama and mitt romney will spend today preparing for their first debate. the candidates will square off tomorrow night at the university of denver. romney arrived in denver yesterday as quarterback john elway introduced the presidential nominee at a rally last night. romney told the crowd creating jobs would be the administration's number one priority. president obama preparing for tomorrow's debate but in nevada. he has not made any campaign appearances since sunday. romney says he would not deport any undocumented immigrants in the u.s. because of an executive order the president signed. they can stay for two years if they came before they were 16, are still 30 or younger, and meet other criteria. romney criticized the president for signing that executive order during an election year. he also said he would veto a bill that would grant a path to citizenship. >>> strong attacks coming from both sides, but now some residents in roanoke, virginia, say one anti-obama display goes too far. a man named
of loose seats on american airlines flights. >>> political showdown. president obama and mitt romney hunker down for their high stakes debate in denver. >>> and bumpy ride. a 10-year-old philadelphia boy is arrested after swiping and a 10-year-old philadelphia boy is arrested after swiping and crashing a van. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with air scare. suspicion is swirling around american airlines after two flights in three days were returned to new york's jfk airport. the reason, passenger seats came loose on both planes. the first incident occurred on a flight from miami to boston. >> during flights, passenger seats came loose out of the floor. passengers are unable to sit in that seat. >> the federal aviation administration says seating in both plains had undergone maintenance. they have grounded eight 757s for inspection. >>> to politics where president obama and rival mitt romney will not be campaigning today, opting instead to prep for the first of the three debates that they will have starting tomorrow
minutes much each other. >>> this morning president obama and mitt romney are getting their final preparations in before tonight's first presidential debate. the candidates will square off at the university of denver. take a look at the hockey arena there. it will host the debate tonight. romney has spent the past few days in the mile high city preparing for tonight. he took a break yesterday for lunch at chipotle. both campaigns know how crucial tonight's debate is especially in virginia. >> i think it's an opportunity for governor romney to flush out these issues face to face with president obama. there's no opportunity for the obama campaign to twist his message or his words. >> he's very good at explaining what's going on, what he's proposing, what he has done. and i don't think there's anything to worry about. >> president obama and mitt romney will face off in two more debates. the next one is a week from tomorrow in danville, kentucky. president obama now leading mitt romney by three percentage points among all likely voters in the latest nbc news/"wall street journal" poll
conservatives accuse the obama administration of doctoring the jobs number. former general electric ceo jack welch wrote "unbelievable job numbers. the chicago guys will do anything. can't debate, so change the numbers. >> it's ludicrous to hear that kind of statement. >> reporter: secretary of labor denies any political motivations a saying the numbers are real. while romney launches tv ad as promising to do better than president obama. >> i have a detailed plan to create 12 million new jobs. >> reporter: obama is celebrating this report. >> this country has come too far to turn back now. >> reporter: a benchmark, he says, proves america is on the right track. economists say the number of new jobs being created is not enough to significantly lower the unemployment rate. the next jobs report comes out in four days before the election. reporting live on capitol hill, i'm danielle lee, news 4. >> our team coverage of the presidential election takes us to opposite cornerses of virginia. while governor romney was in coal country in abington, president obama was in fairfax. the president talked a
in denver the past few days. president obama has been preching in neff. both have been keeping low profiles in recent days. meanwhile republicans are seizing on comments vice president joe biden made at a campaign stop yesterday to say the obama administration's economic policies are not working. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that's been buried the last four years. >> of course the middle class has been buried. they're being bear ruried by regulations, taxes, borrowing. they're being buried by the obama administration's economic failures. >> biden later tried to clarify his comment by saying the middle class was buried by policies mitt romney and paul ryan supported. >>> and mitt romney's campaign has called tonight's debate a restart of the campaign. right now the republican nominee trails by 3% among likely voters. that is according to the latest nbc news/"wall street journal" poll. that is also within the poll's margin of error. the president leads by seven points, though, among all registered voters. he he also leads in the battleground states that could deci
: in control, assertive, presidential. while barack obama kept his eyes and his energy low. >> it's very rare that stylistically there's such a clear triumph of one side over the other. >> reporter: a rally in denver, the president admitted he got surprised. >> when i got onto the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. >> reporter: he charged romney changed his stance on taxes and spending. >> but if you want to be president, you owe the american people the truth. >> reporter: some felt mr. obama owed them a better debate. >> he looked like he was tired, drained. >> i think he didn't have the practice. >> you more worried obama might lose now? >> well, no, not really. >> reporter: obama strategists hint the boss learned a lesson. >> he'll review it and if he wants to make some changes in the next debate, he'll do so. >> reporter: romney strategists claim all that changed about their guy was the audience. >> i think people saw him for the first time, a lot of people, not in a 30-second attack ad or 12-second snippet on the news. but got to hear him directly. >> r
from practice to get a burrito, president obama visited hoover dam. aids say they are coaching the president to keep his answers short and be aggressive. romney is practicing how not to get irritated. >> the president could take it away. mitt romney has to have a good night to get the trajectory of the race to change. >> reporter: the new nbc poll shows romney with momentum, just three points behind president obama. more voters than ever think the economy is improving. what are they listening for tonight? >> i would like to hear some, you know, firm stances on positio positions, definitely some good debate. both the candidates thinking on their feet. >> reporter: inundated with ads, some residents say they won't watch the debate. >> i already know who i'm voting for. i don't want to hear it anymore. >> reporter: in the poll, six in ten found the debates somewhat important or not at all. >> mitt romney's campaign called the debate a restart of the campaign. right now, the republican presidential nominee trails president obama by 3% of likely white voters. that is within the poll
, today is expected to be a quiet date for both president obama and mitt romney. neither candidate has any public events planned. behind the scenes, they're cramming for their first debate. chip reid is traveling with the romney campaign in boston. >> reporter: good morning, anthony. this debate is huge for both candidates. some republican strategists say if does not do well in this, it could be downhill from there. and president obama's advisors are very worried he could make a mistake giving mitt romney the opportunity he needs. >> my opponent thinks it's fair that somebody who makes $20 million a year like he does plays a lower tax rate than a cop or teacher who makes $50,000. >> at campaign appearances friday, president obama and mitt romney seemed to be previewing next wednesday's debate when the battle over taxes is expected to take center stage. romney say ts he'll hold the misrepresenting his record. >> i will not raise taxes on middle income americans! >> reporter: the stakes in the debate are so high that both candidates will soon retreat into political cocoons to get ready. on s
circulate a five-year-old video in a move the obama campaign call desperate. >>> nbc news investigates why the smoke detector in your home may not work in a fire. a report that could save you and your family. >>> and online attack. on-air response. a local news anchor takes to the airwaves to fire back at a viewer who slammed her for her weight. >> well, you know nothing about me but what you see on the outside, and i am much more than a number on a scale. >> we'll talk to her today, wednesday, october 3rd, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm david gregory in for matt this morning. if you love politics, this is it. the stage is set. the first big presidential debate. the showdown in denver between president obama and republican challenger mitt romney. you know romney is looking for a new look and, of course, the president is trying to avoid the incumbent trap of trying to appear arrogant or underprepared. a lot
the medicare trust fund and exceeded its life up to 2024. >> reporter: off the campaign trail, president obama and challenger mitt romney are prepping for their first debate. in practice sessions, romney will get help from ohio senator rob fortman, who will play the role of the president. president obama will look to massachusetts senator john kerry to stand in for romney. behind in recent polls, some campaign watchers say romney has more riding on the debates, as well as more to gain, than the president. >> the challenger has the opportunity to establish he is competent to stand up and hold his own against the president of the united states. a challenger who accomplishes that in effect wins the first debate. >> reporter: wednesday's debate gives both candidates a chance to explain their plans for health care and the economy. drew levinson, cbs news. >> the first of the three presidential debates is wednesday at the university of denver. it will focus on domestic policy. the vice-presidential depates will take place on october 11th . >>> lee boy malvoy has talked to the washington post. he was
of testy exchanges and harsh criticism as mitt romney and president obama try to show why they should win in november. good morning, everybody. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> and i'm eun yang. welcome to news4 today for this thursday. we're going to take a look outside at 5:00 a.m. 43 degrees. the humidity that came through the region made it feel like summer. >> 73. >> what did i say? >> 43. >> no, i'm sorry. 73, that's a big difference. >> it is going to be that cold by monday, though. >> what? >> indeed. it's going to be 30 degrees colder in the mornings by monday. big change on the way between now and then. ahead of another weak front coming our way. we have some passing light showers now moving out of the carolinas into virginia, the district, and maryland, parts of east and west virginia advancing north and east. a closer view of our storm 4 team radar. the wipers are running on 95 now between the beltway down to fredericksburg, getting some more moderate showers there in the dark green and yellows. farther west in loudoun county and prince william and culpepper and around blue ridge, gett
to call for help. >>> president obama and mitt romney will keep low profiles today as they prepare for their first debate. romney held this rally last night in denver where that first debate will take place tomorrow night. the republican presidential nominee told supporters that creating jobs will be his administration's top priority. president obama did not make any campaign stops yesterday. he is preparing for tomorrow night's debate right now in nevada. >>> senate leaders say they're already working on avoiding the fiscal cliff quickly approaching in january that could have a huge impact on the economy. here's a live look at the capitol this morning. that cliff, $1 trillion in automatic spending cuts, hits january 1st. but a bipartisan group of senators says that they are working on a three-step process to avoid the cliff. they include reducing the deficit about4 trillion over ten years, an overhaul of the tax code, and changes to medicare and social security. now, if congress can't avoid that cliff, it also means an end to several tax cuts and a huge boost in the action at that
romney and obama. mainly on tax policy. >> reporter: vice president biden said romney would hike middle class taxes. >> how they can justify raising tax on the middle class has been buried the last four years. >> reporter: republicans jumped on that. buried by obama? >> vice president biden just today said that the middle class over the last four years has been, quote, buried. we agree. that mean we need to stop digging by electing mitt romney the next president of the united states. >> reporter: that's the kind of zinger sure to be heard tomorrow night. doug, andrew and chris say they hope to hear a lot of substance, too. at debate number one in their battleground ate. a lot is on the line. doreen talked about the nbc news "wall street journal" poll. 38%. more than a third of voters saying this debate and the three to follow, one vice presidential work the more presidential, will be important or extremely important to their decision about who to vote for. live from denver, i'm steve handelsman, news4. >> thank you. >>> a freelance american journalist who disappeared in syria eight week
: in control, assertive. presidential. while barack obama kept his eyes and his energy low. >> it's very rare that impressionistically stylistically there's such a clear triumph of one side over the other. >> reporter: at a rally in denver the president admitted he got surprised. >> when i got onto the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. >> reporter: later today at a huge rally in wisconsin, the president charged romney changed what he said on spending and taxes. >> he may do a tap dance and two-step, but if you want to be president, then you owe the american people the truth. >> reporter: some felt mr. obama owed them a better debate. >> he looked like he was tired, drained. >> i think he didn't have the practice. >> you more worried obama might lose now? >> i don't know, not really. >> reporter: obama strategists hint the boss learned a lesson. >> he'll review it, and if he wants to make changes in the next debate, he'll do so. >> reporter: romney strategists say only that changed about their guy was his audience. >> a lot of people saw him for the first ti
of the candidates sweat a little bit. >> reporter: president obama looked relaxed this week. mitt romney, too. but he knows he has to change perceptions tonight. more voters now see romney negatively than see him positively. and that loses elections. >>. >> reporter: in virginia, romney's down by just two. with a lot on the line in past debates, romney has done well. >> going against romney is not a fun thing. he has the facts. he drills you, stays, tenacious. >> reporter: and sometimes aggressive. >> the idea that i'm anti-immigrant is repulsive. don't use a term like that. >> reporter: aides admit barack obama in debates can sound like a professorial know it all. >> i understand the broader point that senator clinton has been trying to make over the last several weeks. >> reporter: tonight's format is from 2008. moderator jim lehrer, 90 minutes, no breaks. with possible fireworks. >> i think you'll see both of them be more aggressive than either of their campaigns have predicted because the stakes are pretty high. >> reporter: the content could get even tighter, after tonight's clash. but m
>> reporter: if supporters here were troubled by barack obama's debate performance, they didn't show it at a noisy rally a inside the performing arts center. one of the first big applause lines, the unemployment report. >> thank you. this morning we find out that the unemployment rate has fallen to the lowest level since i took office. it's a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. >> reporter: in contrast to the debate, the president today energetically jabbed back at his opponent, accusing mitt romney of an extreme makeover. mr. obama reminded of romney's performance. >> for all you mom and kids out there, don't worry, somebody is finally getting tough on big bird. rounding him up. elmo's got to watch out, too. governor romney plans to let wall street run wild, again. >> reporter: democrats also used big bird as a prop to ruffle feathers in southwest virginia where romney campaigned in coal country. but a campaign spokesman challenged the president's assessment of the unemployment rate. >> he wants to brag about a 7.8% unemployment rate, but the fact is
's appealing the case. >>> with less than six weeks tog before election day, both president obama and mitt romney are working to raise some campaign cash. for the first time in two months, romney took his campaign to pennsylvania. polls have given obama a comfortable lead. >> he wants to raise the income tax. i don't want to raise taxes on the american people. not when our economy is in the kind of trouble it's in. i will not raise taxes on middle income americans. >> the president stayed close to the twhiet -- white house with three fundraisers. some have already cast their ballots. most campaign watchers say early voters favor the president because of his grass root education. both candidates will use the weekend to get ready for next wednesday's debate in colorado. >>> we are learning some new details about a deadly shooting at a minneapolis business. this evening another person died. that brings the death toll to six, including the gunman. the 36-year-old shooter was fired from the company early in the morning, he came back in the afternoon, killed the owner along with others before ta
race to the presidential race, president obama and mitt romney will keep low profiles as they prepare for their first debate. romney held this rally in denver where that debate will take place monday night. the republican presidential nominee told his supporters that creating jobs will be his administration's top priority. president obama did not make any campaign stops. he's preparing for tomorrow night's debate in nevada. >>> they've got a three-step plan to avoid a fiscal cliff in january. that cliff, $1 trillion in automatic spending cuts hits on january 1st. the plan includes reducing the deficit by about $4 trillion over ten years. an overhaul of the tax code and changes to medicare and social security. several tax cuts could also end if the cliff is not avoided, meaning about $3,500 more in taxes for the average household. >>> american university is warning students to be on alert after a string of incidents where a man has groped students near campus. there have been four reported incidents in the last week. the most recent one happened sunday night on massachusetts avenue. po
, colorado, university of denver. participants, democratic party endorsed presidential candidate barack obama, republican party endorsed presidential candidate mitt romney. debate subject area, domestic policy. debate moderator, jim lara. structure, six 15-minute segment. three focus on the economy, four, five, and six health care, the role of government and governing. procedure, each candidate gets two minutes to respond to a question posed by jim lara. time remaining is given to freewheeling discussion of segments. risk factor, dangerous, sometimes lethal. ♪ [music] ♪ >> are you better off than you were four years ago? is it easier for you to go and buy things in the stores than it was four years ago? is there more or less unemployment in the country than there was four years ago? is america as respected throughout the world as it was? do you feel that our security is as safe, that we're as strong as we were four years ago? if you answer all of those questions yes, why then i think your choice is obvious as to who you'll vote for. if you don't agree, if you don't think that this course
. stay with us. "news 4 today" continues now at 5:00 a.m. >>> mitt romney and president obama reaching out to bases in virginia as they try to build momentum after their first debate. good morning, everybody. i'm karen gilchrist. >> and i'm eun yang. welcome to "news 4 today" for this friday, october 5th, 2012. we're looking for a delightful day today, but some big changes are coming. >> let's just look at today. >>> right now off to a clear and chilly start. we had the lower humidity move in while you were sleeping, and what a delightful start to this friday, a clear sky. the moon and jupiter in the southern sky. bright venus now rising, and a gorgeous morning under way. it is certainly feeling autumnal. all those areas in dark green are in the 50s. the light green, generally low 60s. that includes areas right around the chesapeake bay and parts of areas just east of washington and the eastern shore. but much of virginia, much of maryland into west virginia, it's in the 50s, even a few spots here in the highlands. these areas in blue are in the 40s this morning. all around our region
for the debates behind closed doors, their running mates traded barbs today. >> the obama economic agenda failed not because it was stop. it failed because it was passed. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class has been buried the last four years. >> republicans jumped on vice president biden's remarks today and said the middle class has been buried by president obama's policies. then democrats responded by saying the middle class has been punished by the republican policies that crashed the economy under george w. bush. both campaigns hope swing voters in virginia will be watching the debate closely tomorrow night. northern virginia bureau chief julie carey talked to voters about why tomorrow night's performances will or won't influence their decisions. >> reporter: at the loudoun county election office, not all voters are waiting to cast their ballot. nearly 700 loudoun county residents have already completed their inperson absentee ballots. even those who made a choice say they will be watching the debate intently. this man who voted for mitt romney hopes the republican nomi
to catch our breath. we have an exciting show on tap. it's thursday, october 4, 2012. president obama and mitt romney are back on the campaign trail. both campaigns are declaring victory in the first presidential debate. melissa mollet joins us with some of the highlights. >> reporter: good morning. in an hour, president obama will speak at a park in denver, then fly fo wisconsin this afternoon. meantime, romney is headed to virginia for a ral lee tonight. they might be moving on, but many are rehashing last night's debate. the debate was make or break for mitt romney who appeared confident, commanding and in control. at times, it seemed a subdued president obama was less prepared allowing romney to steer the direction of the debate. many, including "meet the press" host, david gregory calling romney the clear winner. >> his proposal calls for a tax cut on top of $2 trillion of spending. >> everything he said about my tax plan is inaccurate. if the tax plan he described were a tax plan i was asked to support, i would say absolutely not. >> reporter: there's no time for rest. the senio
years in prison if convi convicted. >>> president obama and mitt romney will keep low profiles today as they prepare for their first debate. the republican presidential nominee told supporters creating jobs will be his administrations top priority. president obama didn't make any campaign stops yesterday. he's preparing right now in nevada. >>> storm 4 meteorologist tom kierein joins us right now with some explaining. huh told us it was going rain and it did as you said. >> as my aunt used to say, it rained pitch forks and hammer handles. it came down, made a lot of noise and is coming down hard around the region. traffic is still crawling through much of the region. here is a photo tweeted by melissa mollet. she has to pull over because the rain was coming down so hard. this was in gaithersburg. when the rain is coming down hard, just pull over and wait. these are passing heavy downpours. thanks for posting that. send your photos to www.nbcwashington.com. look at that scene. you can barely make out the jefferson memorial in the moderate showers coming through. behind that, we have f
. >> reporter: jim, it's the first face-to-face meeting between barack obama and mitt romney in nearly five years. the first is domestic matters and the economy. at this time tomorrow night, it will all be over left to the pun dants and the voters. >> home of the pioneers, the university of denver plays home to sparring contenders of the political kind. final touches were put on the debate today where in less than 24 hours, potential gaps and zingers could fly. president obama took a break and visited the hoover dam. mitt romney took time out for a buritto bowl. and romney may have gotten zinger help from an unlikely ally today. vice president joe biden campaigning in north carolina. >> how they can justify raising taxes in the middle class has been buried the last four years. how in lord's name can they justify it? >> reporter: republicans pounced. >> we agreed. we need to elect mitt romney the next president of the united states. >> reporter: in person absentee voting is already under way. early voeting going only in other states. both sides know tomorrow's debate could be the last one so
obama and mitt romney begins in less than 48 hours now. >>> the university of denver is setting the stage tonight. romney needs a good debate to narrow the gap in some battleground states. the president is hoping for a strong challenge. both of them will campaign in virginia after the debate. romney will be near charlottesville on thursday. the president will be in northern virginia on friday. there have been more than a few nasty attacks from supporters of both the president and mitt romney. but some neighbors near virginia are out raged at one anti-obama display. they say it crosses if line into racism. wendy rigger here now with more. >> this is freedom of speech in craig county, virginia. a man named cur tisz caldwell has put up a statue of a monkey wearing a mask of the president's face. he told our sister station his only message is that another four years of the president would be bad for the country. >> not trying to say that obama is an ape or nothing. if i had a kangaroo, i would have put a kangaroo up there. i think we nd to get him out of office and that's primary th
, president obama gearing up for their first president debate on wednesday. >> i don't think one event is going make-or-break this campaign. >> thursday morning you'll be scratching your head and say wow we have a barn burner now in this race. >> maria asked you why didn't you tell me and what did you say? >> that i did not know how to. the things that really meant the most to me really fell apart because of my doing. i look back and say how you could have done that. >> in japan the powerful typhoon captured on tape. >> lindsay lohan recovering from a scuffle with a man over photos he took of her on his cell phone. >>> he wasn't injured. the skateboarder is still eating >> all that -- >> no, no, no! >> he just pile drives donald jones. >> and all that matters. >> the europeans staged and epic come back to win the ryder cup. >> on cbs "this morning." >> the idea that you play a fictional character on tv who has now real influence. are you surprised by that? >> oprah could you say the word genius again? >>> welcome to cbs "this morning." another deadly attack in afghanistan. the taliban
. >>> for the third day in a row, both president obama and mitt romney were campaigning in the very same state. today it was virginia, and that's one ever the states that will decide who wins in november. speaking of veterans at an american legion post in springfield, they attacked proposed cuts to the defense budgets. >> and the idea of committing our military commitment by a trillion dollars is unthinkable. >> and according to a recent cbs news poll, president obama holds a 4-point advantage over romney. the president meantime spent his morning campaigning in virginia beach and he used romney's tax return to make his pitch to the middle class voters. >> my opponent thinks it's fair that somebody that makes $20 million a year, like him, pays a lower rate than a cop or a teacher who makes 50,000. [ cheers and applause ] >> don't move. vote. [ cheers and applause ] >> president obama won virginia back in '08, but that state had gone for republican candidates since the previous presidential election. >>> and, of course, there are six more days of campaigning left before president obama and mitt romney
million of us watched a very energized mitt romney cruise to a consensus victory over president obama in their first of three debates. this now throws something of a change into the race and this only focuses more attention on the big and ongoing fight to swing those remaining undecided voters. they number about 5% of all voters. they take up 100% of the efforts of some of the campaign teams who have to find them and then hook them as harry smith recently saw in the critical state of north carolina. >> reporter: republican volunteers canvass in the neighborhoods of raleigh, north carolina. >> how are you today? >> reporter: this is real retail politics, the ultimate neighborhood watch. >> mitt romney. >> obama. >> thank you for your time. >> reporter: the grueling day by day search for the most important person in this election. the undecided voter. >> another double. >> reporter: and we found him. he's george manukus. >> you are aiming in the wrong direction. >> reporter: george is a registered independent who voted for john mccain four years ago but is still on the fence. the candid
. it's friday, october 5th, 2012. right now, president obama is speaking at george mason university fairfax. it comes hours after a release of a positives jobs report. the white house issued a statement saying there's still work to be done. the u.s. economy is continuing to heal from the wounds of the recession. d to resident is expecte start speaking at any minute. >>> the president's visit at george mason gives him the opportunity to court young voters. here is more of the reaction he's getting on campus. >> reporter: the president started relatively close to home at this event at george mason university. people camped out since yesterday for tickets. it's a busy day for the president with events in virginia and ohio. they are called grass roots events. h is where the rubber hits the road, so to speak, where enthusiasm is high. >> move it forward. >> reporter: it seems there was plenty of it here at this event. would it rival the levels of 2008 against the backdrop of the reality of the past four years. >> over the past four years, you know, we have seen obama do some of the thing
. >> reporter: president obama looked relaxed this week. mitt romney, too. but he knows he has to change perceptions tonight. more voters now see romney negatively than see him positively. and that loses elections. >> only two presidential candidates in the last 20 years have had a net negative image at this point and one of them lost, george h.w. bush. >> reporter: romney got good news from three battlegrounds in florida. he's now behind by just one point. still way down in ohio. but in virginia, romney's down by just two. with a lot on the line in past debates, romney's done well. >> going up against mitt romney is not a fun thing. he's got the facts. he drills you, stays, tenacious. >> reporter: and sometimes aggressive. >> don't use a term like that. >> reporter: aides admit barack obama in debates can sound like a professorial know it all. >> i understand the broader point that senator clinton has been trying to make over the last several weeks. >> reporter: tonight's format is from 2008, two podiums, moderator jim lehrer, 90 minutes, no breaks. a back-and-forth on domestic issues w
and voters lined up to cast their ballots. president obama's team is feeling confident that most of these early votes will be for the president. >> this many people this early in the morning really shows that there's strong support here in iowa for the president. >> reporter: but on thursday, both candidates were in another battleground state. >> how is it going, virginia beach? >> reporter: president obama talked to voters in southern virginia. >> growing our economy begins with a strong and thriving middle class. >> reporter: while mitt romney talked with veterans about looming cuts to the military in the northern part of the state. >> 136,000 jobs will be lost in virginia as a result of this move. >> reporter: the candidates will spend time this weekend preparing for next week's debate ahead of the faceoff in denver both campaigns seem to be trying to lower expectations. >> we are looking forward to the debates as you know, and there have been difficulties. you have to give the president some credit for the campaign they're running. >> reporter: romney's staff issued a talking
pressure on the obama administration to take a tougher tone weeks ahead of the u.n. general election. >> israel's rhetorical red line. >> a red line should be drawn right here. >> became a literal one as prime minister benjamin netanyahu took to the u.n. general assembly with a red marker and a chart that says is iran's progress toward a nuclear weapon. >> red lines prevent war and faced with a clear red line, iran will back down. >> the prime minister's speech put in stark relief the differences between how the u.s. and israel views the threat of a nuclear iran. >> a nuclear armed iran is not a challenge that can be contained. >> reporter: while president obama says he will not allow iran to gain nuclear weapons, he hasn't publicly declared a point of no return, that boundary may action.the u.s. to take military israel cannot destroy iran's nuclear installations without u.s. military support. secretary of state hillary clinton met one-on-one with netanyahu, telling him to give diplomacy and financial pressure a chance to slow down iran's nuclear progress. >> america wants to resolve
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